Nancy Davis Kho

Nancy Davis Kho
Oakland, California, USA
April 30
I'm a writer, a reader, a bike wife, a mom, and a music fan. And they don't call me Aunt Blabby for nothing. I figure if half of you are laughing WITH me and the other half AT me, we're all still laughing. I look forward to finding out which side you're on.

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JANUARY 4, 2013 10:46AM

Heroes, Every Day


rochester firefighters


“Brighton KEC603, testing for home receivers. Clear at 18:28.”

When I was growing up, that was the message that boomed out every single night, seven days a week, from the fire radio in my parent’s bedroom, or clipped to Dad’s belt. The Brighton Fire dep… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 19, 2012 12:25PM

Twenty Things I've Had for Twenty Years


  1. An engagement ring with a good back story.
  2. A black notebook in which I recorded every single modest wedding expense, in part because we were strapped and in part because my fiancé and I lived in different cities for the months leading up to the
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SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 10:45AM

An Open Letter to the Annie Leibovitz Coffee Table Book


Dear Pillie:

Let me start by saying, you are GORGEOUS. You’re 245 pages of heavy stock, hardbound photographic magic, without question the most stunning thing in my living room. When I heard Neal Conan talking on NPR with Ms. Leibovitz about you last fall,… Read full post »

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AUGUST 7, 2012 1:46PM

Find Yourself a Lisa


My eldest daughter starts high school in a few weeks and if I had to send her off with just one piece of advice, it would be, “Find yourself a Lisa.”

I don’t remember the circumstances of the introduction to my Lisa, but I do… Read full post »

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APRIL 24, 2012 11:57AM

My Surprising Hidden Talent


I enter a lot of writing contests, some of which announce the winners months later, by which time I’ve largely forgotten both that I’ve entered and what I wrote about. Imagine my pleasant surprise when my friend Risa notified me that we’d both been recognized forRead full post »

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JANUARY 31, 2012 11:34AM

The Old Gray Mare

My brother’s wife once told me a story that I misunderstood completely. She and my brother had been in New York City for the weekend, she called to say, walking all over to shop and sightsee, when she tripped on a curb and fell down. “And a guy… Read full post »

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JULY 25, 2011 7:59PM

Flying Babies

There's been a kerfuffle in the media lately about the fact that Malaysia Airlines has banned babies from flying first class. It's just the latest in what seems to be a string of a zero baby tolerance situations that have ignited debate about where babies do and do not… Read full post »

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JULY 7, 2011 9:46PM

Suffering Through Summer Camp

Both kids have been gone at summer camp this week, and we've had to endure some terrible hardships in their absence. This is just a partial list of our travails.

  1. Lack of demand for cooked meals.  After we dropped them off on Sunday in the/
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JULY 5, 2011 11:11AM

Odd Jobs

  All that's missing is the cage

I have a friend who recently got a job programming light bulbs for Britney Spears’ underwear.

Ok, it wasn’t so much her underwear as it was her costume, for the current Femme Fatale tour, and it’s not so much light bulbs as it is LED lights that change/… Read full post »

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JUNE 27, 2011 11:22PM

Bully for Bravado

 On the last day of school this year, my youngest daughter was tying her shoes in the front hall while I stood waiting with her lunchbox. She asked, "Do you remember fourth grade, Mom?" as she struggled to lace up the Chuck Taylors. She's had a great fourth grade… Read full post »

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JUNE 21, 2011 10:23AM

Showers of Hypocrisy

The older I’ve gotten, the more deliberately I make choices that are eco-friendly. Part of the reason is because it's easier than ever to know what the right thing to do is; for instance, when the garbage cans at the elementary school are labelled "Compost," "Recycle," and… Read full post »
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JUNE 7, 2011 7:00PM

Five Telltale Signs The School Year is Ending

Who needs the calendar or steady barrage of Father's Day shopping circulars to tell you that it's June? These five phenomenon occur like clockwork when the waning days of the academic year are upon us.

1.) You're Broke. Between the gift for the classroom teacher,… Read full post »
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MAY 11, 2011 2:59PM

Mortifying Disclosures

It was the tiny Roma granny pulling on my cowboy boots that finally broke me.

Of course, that's not an excuse. Nor is youth,  nor loneliness. But when I reveal to you my mortifying disclosure, I'd at least like you to know that those things, plus the bent-over Gypsy crone… Read full post »

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APRIL 6, 2011 11:55AM

Clutter? No, my childhood.

When I first walked through the house we've lived in for eight years now, the owners had taped handmade arrow signs throughout the rambling downstairs. Past the peach-colored room with French doors and the biggest entertainment console I'd ever seen, down a dark hall past a laundry

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FEBRUARY 28, 2011 12:07PM

When winter equals summer

It’s winter in Northern California; though we don’t have the bitter cold and snow that seems to be attacking the rest of the country like an alien horde, we do have buckets of rain, intermittent hail, and the worst weather-related torture of all: meteorologists

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FEBRUARY 25, 2011 10:08AM

Waving the White Flag at Boredom

I wonder how many times each day a kid bursts out of a bedroom overflowing with books, art supplies, and toys in order to sigh to a parent, "I'm so BOOOORED." It's probably equivalent to the number of times an adult looks around in a panic and thinks,

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FEBRUARY 18, 2011 3:58PM

Of Blasians, Quapas, and Jew-pinos

Overheard at a Chinese New Year's party last weekend: "I feel sorry for her. She only has one culture: Malaysian. She's not even mixed." (4th grader to friend.)

Such is the ubiquity of mixed race kids here in Oakland, CA that the poor single race kids are objects… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 7, 2011 7:08PM

Teens in Transition

Our oldest daughter turns thirteen in a few days. But enough about her. I am turning into the MOTHER of a teenager in a few days. 

Of course, I may have some leeway before achieving official Mom of a Teen status, becauseRead full post »